Ecosystems and Oceanography Division Staff

Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Ecosystems and Oceanography Division
2570 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2396
Phone: (808) 983-5327

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Administration

  • Jeffrey Polovina - Division Chief
    Contact: (808) 983-5390 jeffrey.polovina@noaa.gov
    Research interests include investigations of: i) migrations and habitats of large pelagic animals including turtles, tunas, whale sharks, and whales with satellite telemetry and remotely-sensed oceanographic data, ii) the impacts of climate variation and climate change on marine fisheries and ecosystems, and iii) advancing our understanding of ecosystem dynamics with satellite remote sensing data, fisheries observer and logbook data, and ecosystem and climate models.
  • Dam Midyett - Program Support Assistant (C)
    Contact: (808) 983-5327 dam.midyett@noaa.gov

Research Staff

  • Melanie Abecassis - Visiting Scholar (J)
    Contact: (808) 983-2969 melanie.abecassis@noaa.gov
    Melanie was hired as a research assistant at the PIFSC in Feb. 2007. She received a BSc in Physics from the University of Paris XI in 2004, and a MSc in Oceanography and Engineering from the University of Paris VI and the Engineering School ENSTA in 2006. She also did a 6-month internship at the PIFSC in 2006 as a part of her MSc. Melanie specializes in tag and oceanographic data analysis.
  • Raymond Boland - Marine Biologist / NOAA Unit Dive Supervisor
    Contact: (808) 983-5716 raymond.boland@noaa.gov
    Research interests include reef fish communities, mesophotic communities and marine debris. Specific projects include studying the reef fish communities of mesophotic reefs, black corals and artificial reefs; marine debris survey and removal; and impacts of catch and release fisheries. Responsibilities of Unit Dive Supervisor include training and certification of divers; and overseeing all dive operations.
  • Reka Domokos - Research Oceanographer
    Contact: (808)983-5368 reka.domokos@noaa.gov
    Research interests include the effects of physical processes on pelagic organisms and the use of active acoustics as a tool to estimate fish and micronekton distribution and abundance in a pelagic environment. Specific projects include the study of tuna and their forage distribution and abundance in the American Samoa and Hawai'i fishing grounds, the effects of physical features such as mesoscale eddies, fluctuating currents, and seamounts on these organisms, and an investigation of juvenile opakapaka (pink snapper) abundance and distribution in nearshore nursery grounds off East Oahu, Hawai'i.
  • Aimee Hoover - Marine Research Specialist (J)
    Contact: (808) 983-5362 aimee.hoover@noaa.gov
  • Donald Kobayashi - Research Fishery Biologist
    Contact: (808) 983-5394 donald.kobayashi@noaa.gov
    Research interests include pelagic larval ecology, metapopulation connectivity, mathematical modeling, fishery oceanography, stock assessment, and protected species mitigation in commercial fisheries. Specific projects include loggerhead sea turtle movement modeling using satellite tag data and remotely sensed environmental data, larval transport in the Hawaiian archipelago, and sea turtle/cetacean mitigation in the Hawaii-based longline fishery.
  • Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats - Research Oceanographer
    Contact: (808) 983-2962 phoebe.woodworth-jefcoats@noaa.gov
    Phoebe's research interests include physical-biological interactions, investigating large ecosystems with remotely sensed data, and climate variability. She is particularly interested in the potential impacts of climate variability and change on pelagic ecosystems.

Coast Watch Program

  • Lucas Moxey - CoastWatch Coordinator (J)
    Contact: (808) 983-5385 lucas.moxey@noaa.gov
    Lucas interests include satellite remote sensing and community outreach. He received a B.A. Business Administration and a B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Florida in 2001, and a M.S. in Geology & Geophysics (2005) and a M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies (2011) from the University of Hawaii Manoa. He specializes in the processing and analysis of oceanographic remote sensing data.

Notes:
(C) - denotes contractor
(J) - denotes Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) Employee